Why study the Master of Applied Linguistics
This program is being offered in response to the demand for a 2-year Masters program from students who have completed MA-level studies and wish to take up a dissertation before advancing to a research higher degree. This postgraduate coursework program offers study in the fields of Applied Linguistics and TESOL. The program has two missions. The first is to provide a quality professional development program for teachers of English and other second languages, and language professionals in translation, interpreting and other second language areas. The second mission is to provide coursework students with the opportunity to explore research options and develop specialisations for further study.
Approved degree in any discipline with a GPA of 4.5.
IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ, view the English proficiency policy below.
In order to gain entry to an academic program at UQ, you will have to demonstrate you have the appropriate level of English language skills.
To meet the UQ's English language proficiency requirements, you must demonstrate one of the following:
- a score equivalent to four semesters of Sound Achievement in Queensland Studies Authority English, English for ESL Learners or Australian or international equivalent. Less than four semesters may be considered for some programs.
- at least 6.5 overall and a minimum of 6.0 in each sub-band of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or equivalent test. Some programs have higher English proficiency requirements; see individual program requirements.
Other equivalent tests such as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic are also accepted, and other qualifications and experience may also be considered.
Study Abroad and Incoming Exchange students are only required to meet the overall score (eg 6.5 IELTS or 87 TOEFL or 64 PTE).
International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Applied Linguistics are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.
The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).
The courses offered in the Master of Applied Linguistics are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).
The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Master of Applied Linguistics. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.
Early exit points
Depending on your choice of courses, it might be possible to withdraw from the Master of Applied Linguistics at an early exit point and graduate with one of the following awards:
- Graduate Certificate in Applied Linguistics (#8)
- Graduate Diploma in Applied Linguistics (#16)
Fields of study
The following is a list of fields of study available in the Master of Applied Linguistics.
When you graduate, any fields of study you have finished will be listed on your degree certificate.
Applied Linguistics provides a strong understanding of concepts, current issues and research methods in the core areas of applied linguistics. Students will acquire specialised knowledge of theory and practice in targeted areas of language teaching, technology, and sociolinguistics/ intercultural issues. Whilst studying Applied Linguistics, students will develop an ability to apply their knowledge to professional and practical tasks in teaching and other areas and an understanding of principal directions in current thinking and applications of the field.
The TESOL field is a professional development program for experienced teachers of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) and English as a Second Language (ESL). Research and project options are available, particularly for students intending to continue on to higher research degrees.
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is a dynamic, global profession. With English being the international language of business, education, and cross-cultural communication, qualified TESOL professionals are in great demand worldwide.
TESOL Studies requires a minimum of 1-year full-time (or part-time equivalent) teaching experience in a language related area. If teaching experience is part-time please ensure a number of hours per week is stated.
A number of courses are also offered online. The Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and MA degrees awarded do not provide entry qualifications for language teaching.
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